As of January 1, 2019, we have closed our forums. This is a decision we did not come to lightly, but it is necessary. The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk. The server software itself must be updated, and it cannot be without removing the forums.
So it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our long-running forums. They came online in 2000 and brought together so many wonderful Disney fans. We had friendships form, careers launch, couples marry, children born ... all because of this amazing community.
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There are other changes as well.
Why? Well, the world has changed. And change with it, we must. The lyrics to "We Go On" for IllumiNations say it best:
We go on to the joy and through the tears
We go on to discover new frontiers
Moving on with the current of the years.
We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on with a spirit born to run
Ever on with each rising sun.
To a new day, we go on.
It's time to move on and move forward.
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But eventually, we must move on and move forward. It is the right thing to do.
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Interesting that Celebrity is aimed at an older crowd, as I always had the perception (don't ask me why) that they were very much aimed at a young crowd, so that's interesting to know...
I'll be interested to see what you make of the food on board, as we're real foodies too!
Well we are only in our early twenties, so anything not aimed at college kids is older than us But definitely got the impression it's good for couples and groups of adults more than families.
Originally Posted by lfredsbo
Sounds like a pretty good deal on the beverage service! I have a friend who sailed Celebrity last year and enjoyed it - they were with a large group of couples! For that short of a trip I wouldn't fret over not having a balcony - sounds like you two will be enjoying the ship anyway!
That's great to know, as I'm excited but I won't be relieved with our choice until I'm on the ship!
Originally Posted by lauriep
That's what I've always heard about Celebrity-- great food! And yes, they are geared to an older crowd, but I think it depends a lot on the itinerary who actually books with them. I think you'll see a mix of young couples and quite a few older ones. Not large groups of singles, and not lots of kids, as you say. It sounds like you got a great deal, and the cabin should be fine for a short cruise.
Now that it's assigned I feel better about it, as we're in a higher Oceanview category than we had initially booked
Originally Posted by Coop
Signing in. I am trying to get all the cruise TR's in and take in all the info. I know you're not doing Disney - but I'm new to cruising in general!
Originally Posted by Disneybine
I can't wait to read about and see pictures of this trip, Maci! Sounds awesome so far
Thanks, I'm getting really excited now!
Originally Posted by melduckie
Great start!! I'm also on the shy side and Joshua is the talker
Thankfully I'll have food to keep me busy and no one will notice Cody's the only one talking to them...
Originally Posted by JenniferLynneRose521
Just checking in so I can read about this trip too
Originally Posted by Cam22
The free beverage package does sound like quite the deal! Can't wait to hear about the dining.
I've since found some calculators online and it looks like we would have spent even more than the package would have costs - fresh squeezed juice in the morning and tea etc. really adds up!
Originally Posted by Colexis Mom
Great deal on the beverage plan! Can't wait to hear about the good options! I wonder if they have all the specialty restaurants like RCCL has!
Thanks! There are a few specialty options on board!
Originally Posted by shazza
Looking forward to reading how your cruise goes. It sounds like the two of you will have lots of fun.
Thanks! Just hoping for the weather to be nice now
Originally Posted by Russi01
Signing in to follow along. I am trying to plan a cruise for 2016 and not sure who to go with so will be interested in what you think of the ship. Can't wait to hear more.
Thanks, hopefully you'll get some useful info from this!
Originally Posted by stardust190
Hum... I think I have a lot to learn about planning a cruise because I didn't follow everything you said. Except free drinks. I got that part. And I know that is a good thing.
I mean, that's really the only important part right?! If there's anything you need me to clarify I'd be happy to
So I'm not good at the whole "go with the flow" thing and wanted to get at least a little SOMETHING planned. We explored excursions, spa treatments, and dining options. We really didn't want this to turn into a super pricey trip, so we were being very picky.
1. Excursions: of course, excursions on a cruise!
The problem is we don't want to book any "beach day" outings and then not have it terribly warm since it's only February. I want it HOT when I'm at the beach. Plus there are decks and pools on board, we kind of wanted something more fun. Honestly nothing on Nassau stood out. We moved on to Key West. There's a not-too-pricey Pub Tour offered, which we thought would be fun to go around with people and meet new friends etc. But Key West is the last day, what if we meet other people by then and want to go off with them? And again, what if the weather isn't great? We opted not to buy that one either and if we change our mind we can see if there are still spots day-of. We also figure Key West won't be too hard to navigate ourselves since we'll have cell service and everything
After reading some other PTRs around these Forums I learned of a Chocolate tour on Nassau and thought to myself "hmm I don't remember seeing that before" so I went off and investigated. It's an option on Disney cruises but not on Celebrity. So I did some more research, hoping we could just go ourselves. We can! It's $50 per adult for about an hour long tour and chocolate making class where you get to take home your creations! Why is this so perfect for us? Because it will be VALENTINE'S DAY! To my huge surprise, Cody agreed with this idea and we booked a 2pm tour. It's about a 10 min walk from where the ships dock, so we figured we can grab lunch on the ship and then head on over Not a huge commitment but something fun to do. If we want to go to the beach or anything else, we can do so in the morning before lunch, leaving our afternoon free for this!
2. Dining. YUM
There are three specialty restaurants on board, one crepe place, an Italian place, and I think a steakhouse. We opted for the Italian place at $35 a person for Valentine's Day dinner. This gives us a slight break from our tablemates for a more romantic atmosphere at dinner. We might splurge on a nice bottle of wine (discounted 15% with the beverage package) or just decide the food is splurge enough! The rest of the time we figure we will be good with the main dining room and other breakfast/lunch options on board
3. Spa stuffs! Okay this one is just for me
Very pricey options - but I've made it a bit of a tradition to get my body composition tested when I go on a cruise with an Elmis spa. So at 8:30am on our Sea Day I'll head over to the Spa to see how much bodyfat I am, my hydration levels, and my calorie burn rate. It's super interesting info and there's a good chance I'll get their algea clense pills again because they really do make me feel better and you are supposed to do them every year or so. I'm hoping for better numbers this time, as last time was after I graduated college and was being a pretty unhealthy person. Now I'm eating better and exercising more, so fingers crossed!
So that's it, three little things planned. Just a few hours of our trip Well, main dining dinner I guess is technically a plan too, but otherwise it's all do what we feel, when we feel. If there are art auctions on board we will probably go to some of those. But a lot of nice relaxing time is really the ultimate goal!